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Energy Efficiency


New Bulb on the Block: Meet LED Lucy


Tere’s a new lighting mascot in town. CFL


Charlie, a cartoon mascot for Touchstone Energy Cooperatives® and a crowd favorite at the Oklahoma Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting, helps families become “Super Savers” by switching to energy efficient lightbulbs. In 2013, he was joined by LED Lucy, a dazzling, spunky mascot lighting the way for even brighter bulb savings. Lighting standards started shifting away from


traditional lightbulbs in 2012. CFL Charlie and LED Lucy want to make sure OEC members know about all lighting options. “I’m older than I look,” LED Lucy confides. Te


mascot’s light-emitting diodes beam. “Te first LED was created in 1927. Since then costs have dropped. I love bargains, and LED prices get lower every year. I have even added stylish colors. You, too, can look fabulous on a budget!” CFL Charlie and LED Lucy are featured in


Touchstone Energy's "Super Energy Saver" program designed to teach children in grades K-5 about energy, electrical safety, and energy savings. OEC has classroom kits with lesson plans (contact Brianna Wall at 217- 6708 or brianna.wall@okcoop.org) and many activities are available at www.kidsenergyzone.com.


Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) CFL Charlie—and other bulbs like him—are the


most common and economically-efficient lightbulbs on the market. Te swirly style is linked to the concept of efficient lighting, but some consumers haven’t warmed to the design. “Not everyone likes to see my swirls,” explains


Charlie. “Tat’s fine by me—everyone has a different sense of style. Several of my friends are designed to look just like a traditional lightbulb.” CFLs offer 75 percent energy savings over


traditional incandescent bulbs and pay for themselves in nine months, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.


16 January 2014


Light emitting diodes (LEDs) Light emitting diodes (LEDs) have been used


for years in cell phones and other electronics. Most diodes are small—about half the size of a pencil eraser. By banding several small diodes together, a bright and dependable light emerges. As their popularity grows, some companies are making light with a single, bright LED chip. New technologies are always being developed. New ways to build LEDs will help drive down costs. “It’s going to be fun to watch LED Lucy gain fans,”


laughs Charlie. “She uses a little less energy than me, and lasts 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.” Since lighting constitutes up to 10 percent of a


home’s electric bill, every bulb counts. To help children learn more about lighting, visit www.kidsenergyzone. com.


Source: Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, U.S. Department of Energy


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